Brown Rice Pulao

Brown rice as we all know is healthier than white rice what with the nutrients that are present in it. It can not only be boiled and eaten by itself with some gravy but also used to make pulao, biryani and even snacks. It is healthy, tasty and easy to cook.

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Brown Rice Pulao


Main ingredients Quick cooking brown Basmati rice, Ghee, Whole garam masala, Cumin seeds, Green chillies, Carrot, Cauliflower florets, French beans, Button mushrooms, Red chilli powder, Turmeric powder,  Green peas, Fresh coriander leaves 
Cuisine Indian
Course Rice
Prep time 25-30 minutes
Cook time 25-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Savoury
Level of cooking Easy
Others Vegetarian


  • 1½ cups quick cooking brown Basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 inch cinnamon 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8-10 black peppercorns
  • 5-6 cloves
  • 2-3 green cardamoms
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 green chillies, slit
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into ½ inch diamonds
  • 8-10 small cauliflower florets
  • 4-5 French beans, stringed and cut into ½ inch diagonal pieces
  • 3-4 button mushrooms, quartered
  • A pinch of red chilli powder
  • A large pinch of turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup shelled green peas
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Fresh coriander sprig for garnish
  • Boondi raita for serving


  1. Take quick cooking brown Basmati rice in a bowl, add sufficient water and wash for 2-3 times. Add sufficient water and soak for 25-30 minutes. Drain
  2. Heat ghee in a non-stick pan, add cinnamon, bay leaf, black peppercorns, cloves, green cardamoms and cumin seeds, mix and sauté  till fragrant.
  3. Add green chillies, mix and sauté for 1 minute. Add carrot, cauliflower florets, French beans and button mushrooms, nmix and sauté for 1-2 minutes. 
  4. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt, mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes. 
  5. Add green peas and drained brown rice and mix with a light hand. Add 2½ cups hot water and mix well.
  6. Add coriander leaves, mix lightly, cover and cook on high heat for 15 minutes or till the rice is done. 
  7. Transfer onto a serving plate, garnish with coriander sprig and serve hot with boondi raita.